Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
323 PM MST Fri Dec 15 2017

Southwest Mountains-San Francisco River Valley-
Lower Rio Grande Valley-South Central Highlands-
Upper Tularosa Valley-South Central Mountains-
Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chaves County-
323 PM MST Fri Dec 15 2017


A weather system still developing over the Gulf of Alaska will
shift rapidly southward into the western United States through
Saturday. An area of low pressure will attempt to deepen over
Arizona by Sunday morning then shift eastward across southern New
Mexico through Sunday night. Light rain and high terrain snow is
expected to develop over southwestern New Mexico before sunrise
Sunday, then spread eastward south of the Interstate 40 corridor
through Sunday night. At this time, the greatest snowfall amounts
are most likely to impact the high terrain of Catron and Lincoln
counties, where 2 to 5 inches is possible through sunrise Monday.
Snow levels with this system will begin around 6,500 feet Sunday
then lower to near 5,000 feet Sunday night.

There is still a large degree of uncertainty with this potential
winter storm system, so folks are encouraged to remain alert to
the latest weather forecasts across New Mexico. The latest travel
conditions are available at nmroads.com or by dialing 5-1-1. Stay
tuned at NOAA weather radio, NWS Twitter and Facebook pages, or
your favorite media outlet.


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